Video Cheap Downtown Placemaking Ideas by SaveYour.Town
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Video Cheap Downtown Placemaking Ideas

Make your downtown a vibrant place for $100 or less

  • 39 placemaking ideas that fit in any (or no) budget
  • 32 minute video to watch on your schedule
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2020 took a toll on downtowns

  • Downtown events, activities, concerts -- all cancelled 
  • Businesses temporarily closed, curbside only, some permanently gone
  • Empty buildings looking worse than ever
  • Not as many people out, foot traffic is way down
  • Rules are changing all the time. Can we eat indoors tonight? Who knows!
  • Who is supposed to be keeping up the flower boxes? Because it looks like no one is. 

Downtown is still the heart of our small towns, but it doesn’t look like the welcoming community place we were used to.

And we don’t have much budget to do anything about that.

We’re going to need some ideas to improve our downtowns, but on really small budgets.

Make your downtown a more vibrant place for $100 or less. Deb and Becky show you how in this new video.

SaveYour.Town's Becky McCray and Deb Brown share their frugal real world experience.

Without spending a fortune

A rapid fire list of dozens of ideas so you can find the one that makes you shout
"That's it! Let's do that one!"

We've never offered a regular video for $5 before. But this seems like the moment when you need it the most.

You'll get a 32 minute video you can watch on your own or share with others in your community.

You get ideas and more ideas

  • Get 20 quick ideas you can copy immediately 
  • Learn how the Idea Friendly Method helps you turn ideas like these into community-changing actions (and 9 more ideas) 
  • Special help for officials and government staff constrained by regulations 
  • Where to scrounge for resources and materials on the cheap
  • Plus 10 more bonus ideas 

This is not another tiresome live webinar

  • Short, to the point and idea-packed 32 minute video
  • Watch instantly on your schedule: anytime, on demand, starting now 
  • Recorded so you can pause, stop, rewind or watch again immediately

Steal these ideas

Who put googly eyes on that trashcan??

What the heck is crack art??

Will this video be recorded so I can watch later?

Yes, the video is recorded. You are welcome to watch the video more than once, start and stop, or go back and watch again. You're not limited to watching from a single computer or with just one group.

What are your videos like? Will there be slides?

Not like the usual webinar! You get a short, straight to the point video you can watch anytime on demand. You see our faces, and we connect with you personally. There are no boring slides, and we focus on real-world examples, not theoreticals. 

What if I have questions?

You can ask questions two ways: in the comment box or via email. We always answer you personally. You can also share stories or examples you've seen. That helps everyone!

Will the video play on my computer? Or on my phone?

Either one! If you can watch a YouTube video, you can watch this video. That means you can use any device, any screen that can load a web page for you to login. Any PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, smart TV or TV with a streaming box or stick should work. 

How long is the video?

The video runs around 32 minutes. For a virtual watch party, schedule 40-50 minutes. You'll want that extra time to discuss what you watched and to network and talk with each other. 

Can I share the video with other people?

Yes! Once you’re registered, you can schedule more than one viewing so you reach as many people as possible. We encourage you to watch on your own or set up a virtual watch party. 

Who should I invite?

  • Your friends who love to do things with you
  • Visionaries like yourself
  • Positive thinkers and doers
  • Leaders and officials
  • Downtown associations, Main Streets, chambers
  • Economic development folks
  • Elected officials from your local municipalities, counties, or tribes
  • People who care about your town

What people say about SaveYour.Town videos

This video stimulated lots of note-taking and conversation between the business owners gathered at my house. Deb and Becky gave us some new ideas and several excellent examples of known models. I think some of us are thinking of pivoting our summer’s plans after participating in Wednesday’s event. Thanks for a well-thought out presentation!
Jonya Pacey, Minnesota
What a TERRIFIC marketing Video. I had 20 businesses show up to watch and they all left with new ideas and an excitement to get back and start implementing! I’ve already had 5 businesses reach out in less than 2 hours after it ended, that are already putting your ideas into action.
Mandy Walsh, City of Lampasas, Texas
There are always great take-aways from the videos that can be put into place immediately. One of my favorites is changing your store's evening vibe (different music, lighting, etc.) because evening shoppers are not the same as day time shoppers.
Diane Moore, Wheaton, Illinois

Did you know that online searches for "downtown" plummeted in March?

While they've come back some, as of September 1, they're still lower than before the drop.

We lost out on a lot of potential during those months. Downtowns have a lot of work to do to bring people back. 

The same pattern came up for searches from the United States as worldwide. 

Are you ready to stop?

  • Stop waiting for "them" to fix it. There is no "them." 
  • Stop letting your downtown slide downhill when you can take action now.

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